The Isley Brothers – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
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This was an excellent buy for the holiday season. Ron Isley’s sultry voice is perfect for the tempo and rhythm of the holiday classics. It gives you a warm at home filling with the traditional songs as well as the catchy new holiday tracks they’ve added. Even though every song on this album is fantastic, the medley is my favorite. If you are a fan of Christmas music and Ron Isley or his voice, then you cannot go wrong with this album.
Ronnie Isley is in fine voice on this Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced gem of a Christmas collection. Arrangements range from laid-back piano-led ballads to mid-tempo dancers
The Isley Brothers‘ I’ll Be Home for Christmas, like Patti LaBelle’s Miss Patti’s Christmas, was released on Def Soul Classics and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The two albums are both ten songs in length, feature many of the same musicians, and are based mostly on interpretations – so they go hand-in-hand, whether the intention was there or not. Sleigh bells excepted, “I’m in Love” could be mistaken for an Isley Brothers song on a normal studio album, and it sounds like it wants to break into “Harvest for the World“.
The other original, “What Can I Buy You“, won’t be threatening to replace regularly played Christmas classics anytime soon, but it doesn’t seem to out of place next to the likes of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland“. There’s a good balance between secular and spiritual material, so the disc should appeal to just about any Isley Brothers fan who doesn’t want to hear the same tired holiday music year in, year out.